Chattanooga Times Free Press

GOP fails to dis­tin­guish ‘get­ting,’ ‘giv­ing’ virus


For six months, the days of COVID-19 have marched for­ward, each day of­fer­ing new sur­prises and a never-end­ing whirl­wind of dys­func­tion, with po­lit­i­cal ide­olo­gies suf­fo­cat­ing com­mon sense and virus-con­trol­ling ges­tures. Un­til now.

Now, the low­est com­mon de­nom­i­na­tor of po­lit­i­cal ide­ol­ogy has emerged, and the stu­pid­ity of it is mon­u­men­tal.

Specif­i­cally, Penn­syl­va­nia Repub­li­can state Rep. Daniel Moul, ac­cord­ing to The As­so­ci­ated Press, has de­clared that his re­fusal to en­gage in the sim­ple ges­ture of reg­u­larly wear­ing a mask is based on his belief that “when it’s my turn to get it, I’m go­ing get it, whether I’m wear­ing a mask or not.”

What this elected leader self­ishly and com­pletely omits to ac­knowl­edge is the flip-side to the con­cept of his “turn to get“COVID-19.

What he fails to ac­knowl­edge is when it is his turn to “give” it. This pur­ported leader of cit­i­zens could, by wear­ing a mask, skip his self­ish turn to give some­one else the virus.

The de­praved self­ish­ness of this elected of­fi­cial’s re­marks demon­strates a new low in Amer­i­can pan­demic lead­er­ship.

And it’s not over yet.

Michael Mallen

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